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  1. Atlanta Public Schools decided to do the first 9 weeks online and then re-evaluate; I think that's a smart and reasonable approach and I hope more districts in my area follow suit.
  2. We could have done it, but we didn't, and in much of the country we no longer have time to do it before schools are supposed to start again.
  3. This really highlights the enormous challenges of opening schools. A lot of teachers are prone to sinus infections (or mild colds. Or allergies). My husband (who's a high school teacher) had a sinus infection last week. He's had a mild cough from allergies for the past 2 weeks. Even putting aside the cough, last week when he had the sinus infection (so cough, swollen sinuses, generally feeling run down, maybe a slightly elevated temperature, but not an official fever). I went online just to see when he'd be able to get a COVID test, mostly out of curiosity for how it would go down if it happened two months from now when he's supposed to be back at school. I checked on Friday and he could have made an appointment for Tuesday, and results would be back in no less than a week. So if he started staying home from work and scheduled a test on the first day of symptoms, he'd be out at least a week and a half, assuming his test came back negative. I can count on one hand the number of sick days he's taken over the past 2-3 years put together, but if he has to stay home and get a covid test every time something like that happens....but of course, the consequences if you DON'T take those precautions are potentially fatal.
  4. nm--I'll tell you later 😉
  5. Georgia is most certainly a mess. I mean, no more than most of the south right now, but yeah.
  6. Isn't protecting public safety one of the only things most people can agree IS the government's job?
  7. I mentioned it before, but it's a long thread: this overnight camp in North Georgia was all kids and young adults 7-22 and 18% of them have tested positive now after one counselor had coronavirus (all counselors, and I believe all the campers tested negative before camp started): https://www.ajc.com/news/coronavirus-cases-from-north-georgia-youth-camp-outbreak-rising/qN0G9TG38tUX5gurg7Of3O/ ...seems pretty clear to me that kids and teens CAN spread it and spread it widely. I believe there was a camp in Missouri with a very similar story. I read about one study that found that kids are less likely to spread it but because they tend to interact with more people on a regular basis than adults, it evens out.
  8. Georgia famously opened up before ANYONE else (I remember reading Florida's reopening plan at about the same time and being struck by how reasonable it seemed in comparison. Florida!)....and for a long time it managed to hold steady. And now it's going up dramatically but still isn't in as bad shape as Arizona or Florida. I have a couple of theories about it: one of them is that maybe shutting down certain things has a much bigger impact than others; they didn't open bars and nightclubs back up until much later. Maybe bowling alleys (with social distancing) and tattoo parlors and hairdressers with rules in place just don't have nearly the same impact as bars and then later of large events like Memorial Day celebrations.
  9. I was watching the news about Disney reopening yesterday and thinking about how much safer I'd feel there right now than in a high school in my county (or in just about any Florida county, of course). Umm, not that I would actually go anytime soon. But there's no comparison whatsoever between the safety measures they have in place and the ones they'll have in schools.
  10. Also, I think the notion that there are a bunch of "keep schools closed indefinitely no matter what!" proponents out there is a straw man. I see a lot of people arguing that it may not be smart to open schools yet in areas where the virus is out of control, or that it doesn't make sense to open schools without taking precautuions to stop outbreaks, or that perhaps we should consider prioritizing opening for younger kids over high school or for special needs students first and to devote limited resources to those populations....I haven't seen anyone saying "keep all schools closed until there's no more coronavirus!" Have I missed that? Again, PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE WANTS TO BE ABLE TO OPEN SCHOOLS. Or are the people arguing in favor of schools reopening on this thread saying it should be done everywhere and without precautions? We simply don't have any precedent for reopening schools in areas where spread is as rampant as it is in much of the US right now. Other countries have done it (with mixed success) but not with the kind of numbers we're seeing here.
  11. But you said before that everyone is required to wear masks where you work, but not you because you work by yourself, right? If they're requiring masks, they're taking more precautions than many school districts where I am. And how can a classroom with 35 students in it practice social distancing?
  12. google texas day cares.
  13. Again, the school district my husband works at (which is a huge school district in metro Atlanta) says they will NOT be requiring nor providing masks for students, will NOT be social distancing (how could they if they're not limiting class sizes?), and will NOT be doing temperature checks or testing or any other health screenings. He'll be sitting in an air conditioned room with no openable windows for 50 minutes at a time in close contact with 5 different groups of 25-35 different students throughout the day. Please tell me which other jobs have these same conditions and have stayed open without major outbreaks right now. I'm certainly not saying that teaching is the ONLY job that presents challenges right now, but I am saying that we've already seen what happens when people are forced to work in unsafe conditions, that it's not good, and that it would be foolish to repeat the mistakes we've made before. And I'd also reiterate that IT'S NOT ABOUT WHAT WE WANT. Unless you're suggesting that teachers who get sick just keep on working and that students who test positive just keep on going to school, it's a fantasy to think schools in places with rampant outbreaks will be able to stay open, particularly without putting any real safety measures in place to stop spread.
  14. "Only" 56% here for 25 people. That's a fairly average class size; my math teacher husband just calculated that that means there's a 1.6% chance that NO ONE in any of his 5 classes will be positive. So there's only a 98.4% chance that he and every one of his students will be exposed every day.
  15. have people seen Georgia tech's new event planning tool? https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu ....in my county, there's a greater than 99% chance that a gathering of 500 people will have at least 1 positive person....so it's likely that EVERY SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY will start the year with covid cases.
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